Following news of Jonathan Demme’s death on Wednesday, members of Hollywood remembered the famed director with touching notes on social media.
Demme, who was 73, directed the Oscar-winning movie “Philadelphia,” starring Tom Hanks, but was perhaps best known for his work on “Silence of the Lambs,” which won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Hanks responded to the sad news with a statement to TooFab.
“Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living,” Hanks said. “He was the grandest of men.”
Jodie Foster, who starred in “Silence of the Lambs,” also shared touching words about Demme, telling TooFab, “I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him.”
“Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul,” she added. “JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much.”
Other stars, including everyone from Billy Eichner to Thandie Newton, took to social media to share their memories and condolences.
This post has been updated to include quotes from Tom Hanks and Jodie Foster.